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Basic Site Details

Name: John Watson's School
City or county: Edinburgh
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: Main contractor John Laing Construction

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 3John Watsons Hospital  
Item 2 of 3John Watsons Institution  
Item 3 of 3Scottish National Gallery of Modern ArtYes 

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 1School  

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 1Belford Road  


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 71825 * Foundation stonefirst foundation stone laid
Item 2 of 712 August 1828 CompletionSchool first opened to pupils
Item 3 of 71960s or 1970s Alterations and additions 
Item 4 of 719 December 1975 Closedas a result of government's phasing our of Grant-aided schools.
Item 5 of 719821984Alteration/conversionConversion of school to gallery
Item 6 of 7August 1984 Opened 
Item 7 of 71986 Won award or awardsScottish Museum of the Year Award

* earliest date known from documented sources.


Design and Construction

The following individuals or organisations have carried out design/construction work. Where architects or practices worked together, matching letters appear beside their names in the Partnership Group column.
 NameRolePartnership GroupFromToNotes
Item 1 of 10William BurnArchitectA18251828 
Item 2 of 10Thomas Edward PatrickArchitectC1960s1970sAlterations
Item 3 of 10Ronald DrylieArchitectCLate 1960s or 1970s Alterations
Item 4 of 10(Captain) Donald Punyer WhitehornArchitectC1960s or 1970s Alterations
Item 5 of 10Andrew Martin DalgleishArchitectC1960s or 1970s Alterations
Item 6 of 10James Allan Hugh Mottram (or James A H Mottram)ArchitectC1960s or 1970s Alterations
Item 7 of 10Mottram Patrick Whitehorn Dalgleish & Partners C1960s or 1970s Alterations
Item 8 of 10Robert Matthew, Johnson-Marshall & Partners (RMJM)Architectural practiceA19821984Conversion of school to gallery
Item 9 of 10H M Office of Works (later Ministry of Works, Department of the Environment and Property Services Agency)Architectural practiceB19821984Worked with Robert Matthew Johnson Marshall & Partners on conversion.
Item 10 of 10Neil AdamsArchitectA1983 Job architect with RMJMP. Interior and furniture design and other imrpovements as part of conversion work.


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 4Glendinning, M, MacInnes, R and MacKechnie, A1996A History of Scottish Architecture  p582
Item 2 of 4Isobel C Wallis1982John Watson's School , a history The John Watson's Club 
Item 3 of 4RIBA1981Directory of Practices 1981   
Item 4 of 4RMJM  RMJM Practice Brochure   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2National Galleries of Scotland BulletinSeptember 1984 The Press Office, National Galleries of ScotlandThe National Galleries of Scotland NEWS
August/September/October issue,
article entitled "John Waton's School"
Item 2 of 2RIBA Transactions1870  List of Burn's works compiled by T L Donaldson

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 2National Archives of Scotland (formerly SRO)Register House PlansRHP 38221 
Item 2 of 2National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSDrawings Collection  


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